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Architectural Techniques to Join UNESCO Ranks

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Japan’s traditional wooden architectural techniques are set to be recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Culture minister Koichi Hagiuda expressed hope that the move will help highlight the country’s cultural heritage that has been handed down from ancient times. A UNESCO advisory panel has recommended the registering of 17 traditional architectural techniques.

They include the craftsmanship used to build historic structures such as the Nikko Toshogu shrine and houses with steep thatched roofs.